Oxford University Gazette, 2 May 2002: Appointments


Five-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships

1. The college intends to make an election to not more than two Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships on Saturday, 1 March 2003. Candidates in the following subjects may apply: Law, History, Philosophy, Economics, Politics, Language and Literature, Classical Studies, Oriental Studies, and Mathematical and Theoretical Sciences. (All these subjects will be broadly interpreted: for example, `History' includes the archaeology of prehistoric as well as of historic times; `Classical Studies' includes all aspects of the study of classical antiquity.) At the end of the tenure of five years the fellowships cannot be extended. As the fellowship is for a fixed term a successful applicant will be required to sign a waiver under Section 197 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

2. Applicants must have been awarded, or be an advanced candidate for, a doctoral degree at any university. Applicants must be expecting to have completed the requirements for their doctoral degree by 1 October 2003. The purpose of the Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is to enable junior scholars of the highest calibre to undertake further research, and to enhance their academic standing by substantial publication. In making an election the college will be guided by its judgement as to how far the candidate's achievements and prospects will meet the aims of the fellowship, and it anticipates that candidates will not normally be older than thirty. The college is an equal opportunity employer, and consideration will be given to applications submitted by candidates who can demonstrate that the application of this age-limit would be inappropriate in their circumstances.

3. The fellowship is open to men and women. If there are no candidates for the fellowships whom the college judges to be of sufficient merit, the college is not bound to make any election.

4. Application for the fellowship should be made in writing to the Warden on an application form (obtainable from the Warden's Secretary) on or before Friday, 6 September 2002. Applicants are required to submit with their applications: (i) a curriculum vitae; (ii) a thesis abstract; (iii) written work in English of around 10,000 words to serve as evidence of their prowess as researchers (this should be a published paper, an extract from the thesis, or equivalent); (iv) a statement (of not more than 1,000 words) of their proposed course of future research work (candidates' attention is drawn to the importance which the college attaches of submission of a clear and comprehensive research proposal); (v) the names and addresses of two referees who have agreed to give a confidential assessment of the candidate's work. These referees must be asked by the candidate to send their assessments direct to the Warden by 6 September 2002. Candidates who are placed on the `long' short-list will be requested to supply two copies of their thesis.

5. There will be a viva voce examination of selected candidates in the presence of fellows of the college on Saturday, 22 February 2003.

6. If the fellow undertakes a certain amount of lecturing, the fellowship carries a stipend at age twenty-six of £16,580* per annum rising to £26,123* per annum at age thirty-five and above. If not, the stipend is £15,088* per annum rising to £23,772* per annum.

7. A Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be a member of the governing body and will be entitled to rooms, dinners, and lunches without charge, and a housing allowance for those living out of college in Oxford which is at present £4,075 per annum.

The primary duty of a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow is to pursue a programme of advanced study and research in Oxford, approved by the college and at a level of achievement acceptable to it. Leave of absence to work away from Oxford may be granted on the recommendation of the college's Academic Purposes Committee, where the Committee is satisfied that such leave is necessary for the pursuit of the fellow's programme of research.

The successful candidates will be expected to take up the fellowship on 1 October 2003, or such other date as may be agreed.

8. For fellows with young children there is the possibility of places being available on a paying basis at the University Nursery.

9. Inquiries about the fellowship may be made to the Warden's Secretary, All Souls College, Oxford OX1 4AL (telephone: Oxford (2)79300).

*Reviewed each August.

Election to Fellowships by Examination

1. There will be an election at All Souls on Saturday, 2 November 2002 to not more than two Fellowships by Examination, if candidates of sufficient merit present themselves.

2. The examination is open to any candidate (male or female) who either
(a) has passed all the examinations required by the University for the degree of BA or
(b) has been duly registered for, or been awarded, a higher degree in the University (including BCL). The college will not normally admit to the Examination, however, candidates who will have passed their twenty-sixth birthday at the time of election, or who will then have completed ten or more terms since they qualified for the degree of BA, or first registered for a higher degree in the University. Candidates who are short-listed may be required to verify their date of birth.

3. The fellowships are for seven years and cannot be extended. They are open to those who intend to pursue an academic career, and the college pays the university fees of fellows registered for a higher degree. They are also open to those who, while intending to take up non-academic work (such as the practice of the law, politics, diplomacy, etc.), nevertheless wish to maintain and strengthen their links with academic life. In the case of the latter category it is possible for those pursuing a non- academic career to comply with the college's residential convention in the first year of fellowship by, for example, spending the weekends during term in college and the weekdays working in London.

4. During the first two years fellows receive a stipend, which they may supplement, of £11,205 per annum, and may be eligible for a housing allowance of £3,559. At the end of that period the fellowship will (with the approval of the college) be extended for a further five years, during which
(a) a fellow who decides to take up or continue non-academic work will receive a stipend of £2,161* per annum;
(b) a fellow who decides to take up or continue academic work will receive a stipend of £15,511* per annum, rising to £19,764* per annum if a certain amount of lecturing is undertaken; otherwise the stipend will be £14,115* per annum rising to £17,985* per annum, plus in each case a housing allowance of £4,075 per annum, if eligible. As the fellowships are for fixed terms, the successful applicants will be required to sign a waiver under Section 197 of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

5. A Fellow by Examination will be a member of the governing body and will be entitled to rooms, dinners, and lunches without charge. A fellow is conventionally required to reside (or dine) in college for at least twenty-eight days in each academical term of the first year of tenure; but the college is prepared to consider deferment of this residence in exceptional cases.

6. Prospective candidates should apply to the Warden's Secretary for an application form and further particulars. Completed forms together with a curriculum vitae should be sent to the Warden not later than 6 September 2002. Candidates must enclose with their application form a letter from the candidate's college—from the Head of House or Senior Tutor—certifying that the applicant is a suitable candidate to sit the Examination. Candidates who wish to be admitted to the Examination notwithstanding non-compliance with the rules as to age and standing should communicate with the Warden. All correspondence should be marked `Fellowship Examination'.

7. The Warden and Chairman of Assistant Examiners will meet candidates, whose applications have been accepted, on Wednesday, 25 September at 4 p.m. and will answer any queries raised by them.

8. The examination will be held in the college hall, starting on 26 September at 9.30 a.m. and ending on 28 September at 12.30 p.m. (except for candidates who take the Classical Studies papers—see para.10 below).

9. The examination will consist of five papers of three hours each:

Two papers in Law, History,** Philosophy, Economics, Politics, English Literature, or Classical Studies;**

Two General Papers;

An Essay.

10. Candidates who take the Classical Studies papers will be required to take a Translation paper at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 28 September.

Specimen papers from previous years may be seen in college on application to the Warden's Secretary or Fellows' Secretary.

11. A viva of short-listed candidates will be held in the presence of fellows of the college on Saturday, 26 October, commencing at 10 a.m. All short-listed candidates will be expected to dine in college that night.

* Reviewed each August.

** The History papers will cover: I—political, constitutional, and ecclesiastical history; and II—social, economic, and cultural history. Each paper will contain a section of questions on History of the Ancient World. The two papers on Classical Studies will contain questions on Ancient History and Classical Literature.

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